Gameday 49 – Hurricanes

7:00 pm
CONSOL Energy Center
TV: Fox Sports Pittsburgh
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Know your enemy: Canes Country

Carolina is 0-1-1 in the two previous meetings against Pittsburgh this season. The team lost 3-0 at home on October 30, and lost in a shootout, 5-4 in Pittsburgh on November 19. Even though Pittsburgh is without Crosby and Malkin, the Hurricanes can not afford to take this game lightly.

Season series: 2-0 Pens.
Last meeting: November 19 – Pens won 5-4 [SO]

Another game in CEC, another blown lead. But thanks to the fact Justin Peters got his assed kicked in the shootout, the Pens get the extra point. Weird feeling about the Penguins. It's good to see them winning games, but still feel like there are some massive problems. Do these wins mask the problems? No clue. We'll know in April. Some positive stuff though, too. Kunitz played like he was on angel dust all game. And no question Crosby is 110% healthy. 4-point game.

Wish Crosby was 110% healthy tonight.
Penguins notes: Crosby, no Malkin. first Staal VS. Staal tonight.  Prepare the drinks. jerseys tonight.
Hurricanes notes:
Line production the last 10 games: Pens | Hurricanes
Favorite Hurricanes-related Photoshop or gif:
Penguins Projected Lines:

Chris Kunitz – Dustin Jeffrey – Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp – Max Talbot – Chris Conner
Craig Adams – Mark LetestuArron Asham

Brooks Orpik – Kris Letang
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Alex GoligoskiDeryk Engelland

Marc-Andre Fleury

Hurricanes Projected Lines from Empty Netters:

Sergei Samsonov – Eric Staal – Erik Cole
Jeff Skinner – Tuomo Ruutu – Chad LaRose
Jussi Jokinen – Brent Sutter – Patrick Dwyer
Jiri Tlusty – Ryan Carter – Troy Bodie

Tim Gleason – Joe Corvo
Joni Pitkanen – Andrew McBain
Jay Harrison – Ian White

Cam Ward

Gonna take a big effort tonight.
Do It.
Go Pens.